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Singing in the Rain at The Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Singing in the Rain at The Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

John Murray on a five star show and a rock revival

With celebrations this year surrounding the Edinburgh Festival Theatre their programming continues to impress with five star touring productions.

Singin’ In The Rain may well be familiar to you as the Gene Kelly movie.

This West End production has all the effects of a resident show – but how would they do the title song?

First up the story follows a movie studio quandary as the talking pictures evolve from the silent era.

Unfortunately starlet Lina Lamont has an awful high pitched voice so the studio bosses decide to dub her voice with a real singer (played by Amy Ellen Richardson).

This must have been frustrating for Faye Tozer playing the Lina part as she is accomplished vocalist with 18 top ten hits as a member of Steps.

The songs are amazing too with All I Do, Make ‘em Laugh, You Are My Lucky Star, an impressively choreographed Good Morning.

I hear 12,000 litres of water were used as the rain actually fell on stage while Matthew Malthouse (playing Don Lockwood, the Gene Kelly part), expertly sang and danced his way around the huge stage to rapturous applause. Still playing nightly until March 15.

Among the pioneers of post punk electronic, credit must be given to B-Movie and indeed this was acknowledged in a national music magazine tribute which had them up there with Depeche Mode, Soft Cell and Art Of Noise.

I particularly remember giving airplay to epic statements like Marilyn Dreams and Remembrance Day.

They are back next week with a new album ‘The Age Of Illusion’, their first in 30 years, and with the original line up.

With selected dates to be announced and new material I expect a revival here.